New CDs: 'Idol' Alum Casey James, Esperanza Spalding, Mud Morganfield, Bob Corritore/Tail Dragger, Nathan James

New Music Tuesday Releases For March 20, 2012
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New Music Tuesday - New CDs 3/20/2012

This week's New Music Tuesday roster isn't loaded with superstar names but there are some very interesting new albums worth spotlighting.

Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music SocietyGrammy-winner Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society comes out this week and grownups everywhere once again thank her for besting Justin Bieber for that Best New Artist award.

Our friends at Delta Groove have a pair of big blues releases this week as well. Reviews are forthcoming but in the meantime, let's go ahead and talk about both. Harp pro Bob Corritore has paired up with the inimitable Tail Dragger for Longtime Friends In The Blues. Corritore and Tail Dragger are joined by blues piano veteran Henry Gray on a handful of cuts and are backed by guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Chris James, bassist Patrick Rynn, and drummer Brian Fahey. Delta Groove's other release this week is What You Make Of It, from 2007 International Blues Challenge winner Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers.

Mud Morganfield is releasing Son Of The Seventh Son for Severn Records today. Mud is carrying on a family tradition, following in the impossibly large footsteps of his father McKinley Morganfield. You might know him better as Muddy Waters. Larry "Mud" Morganfield really is the son of the legendary seventh son. The new set was produced by the aforementioned Mr. Corritore. Corritore lends some harp to the affair and they're joined by Chicago vets Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chick, E.G. McDaniel, and Kenny Smith.

Heather reviewed the live set from The B-52s last year and that set is now out on Blu-ray for those of you who love your hippy, campy, Southern fun in high definition.

There's also the self-titled release from American Idol alum Casey James which our Brian Thomas really liked a lot. If you're having trouble placing James and his season, he was a contestant the year Kara Dioguardi and Ellen DeGeneres were judges and it was Dioguardi who made James famous early in the season, asking James to take his shirt off during his audition. James obliged. If you don't remember Dioguardi or James' striptease, you probably won't be looking for this record.

That's a look at some of the new releases for this week. Here's the rest of the list:

  • Al Jardine -A Postcard From California
  • Anoushka Shankar -Traveller
  • Anti-Flag -The General Strike
  • Aswani, Pr -Visions
  • Audrey Auld -Resurrection Moon
  • Audrey Auld -Come Find Me
  • Ayo -Billie-Eve
  • Being Flynn -Score
  • Birdy -Birdy
  • Blaze Foley -In Tribute And Loving Memory
  • Blaze Foley -Blaze A Blaze
  • Blaze Foley -Blaze Foley Inside
  • Blaze Foley -Songs For Blaze, Friend Of Ours
  • Bonafide Praisers -Liberated
  • Brad Mehldau Trio -Ode
  • Diggy -Unexpected Arrival
  • Disney -Disney Princesas: Canciones De Las Princesas
  • Don And The Roping Dummies -Don And The Roping Dummies
  • Edith Piaf -Edith Piaf / [3 Cd]
  • El Pathos -Hate & ove*
  • Electric Touch -Never Look Back
  • Esperanza Spalding -Radio Music Society
  • Frank Black & The Catholis -*Live At Melweg*
  • Goblin Market -Beneath Far Gondol's Foreign Sky
  • Gone -Score
  • Half String -Maps For Sleep
  • Hawk, Garrison With Sly & Robbe -*Surive*
  • Headhunters, The -Survival Of The Fittest/Straight From The Gate (2xcd)
  • Irene Nelson -Sun Generation
  • James, Casey -Casey James
  • Jesse Ruins -Dream Analysis
  • Joseph, Jerry & The Jackmormos -*Happy ook*
  • King, B.B -B.B. King: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
  • Lightnin' Hopkins -The Very Best Of / [2 Cd Expanded Edition]
  • Lil Twist -Don't Get It Twisted / [Explicit]
  • Lost In The Trees -A Church That Fits Our Needs
  • Love, Toby -Mis Favoritas
  • Magic Castles -Magic Castles
  • Margot And The Nuclear So And So's -Rot Gut, Domestic
  • Masabumi Kikuchi Trio -Sunrise
  • Melanie Fiona -The Mf Life
  • Melanie Fiona -The Mf Life / [Deluxe Edition]
  • Nedry -In A Dim Light
  • Odd Future -The Of Tape Vol. 2
  • Osbourne, Ozzy -Diary Of A Madman
  • Pat Dinizio -This Is Pat Dinizio / [2 Cd Expanded Edition]
  • Pretend You're Happy -The Great Joyful Rebellion
  • Ramshackle Glory -Live The Dream
  • Ranaldo, Lee -Between The Times And The Tide
  • Roberts, Luke -The Iron Gates At Throop And Newport
  • Rossen, Daniel -Silent Hour / Golden Mile
  • Sagapool -Sagapool
  • Salmon Fishing -Score
  • Scissormen -Big Shoes: Walking And Talkingthe Blues (CD+DVD)
  • Sharks -No Gods
  • Sheriff -Sheriff
  • Shins, The -Port Of Morrow
  • Shrouded Strangers -Lost Forever
  • Sizzla -In Gambia
  • Sludge, Roy -Too Drunk To Truck
  • Solander -Passing Mt. Satu
  • Soundtrack -Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
  • Soundtrack -Bel Ami (De Saram/Portman)
  • Soundtrack -Brake (Brian Tyler)
  • Soundtrack -Coriolanus (Ilan Eshkeri) / [2 Cd]
  • Soundtrack -Spartacus Vengeance (Joseph Loduca) / [2 CD]
  • Soundtrack -The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond
  • Soundtrack -The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond / [Deluxe Edition]
  • Spittin' Cobras, The -Year Of The Cobra
  • Split Cranium -Split Cranium
  • T. Tex Edwards -Intexicated
  • Tanlines -Mixed Emotions
  • The Parson Red Heads -Murmurations
  • Thieves Like Us -Bleed Bleed Bleed
  • Tierra -Cruzin Music Box Set / [3 Cd Box Set]
  • Vacationer -Gone
  • Van Dyk, Paul -Evolution
  • Various Artists -The Ballad Of Genesis And Ladyjaye - Soundtrack
  • Various Artists -Trevor Jackson Presents Metaldance
  • Various Artists -Super Hot Dance Party Box Set / [3 Cd Box Set]
  • Various Artists -Dj Explosion Box Set / [3 Cd Box Set]
  • Various Artists -Canta Y Cuenta: La Serenita (Little Mermaid)
  • Various Artists -Canta Y Cuenta: Toy Story
  • Various Artists -Old School Cruzin' To The Oldies Box Set / [3 Cd Box Set]
  • Various Artists -Sting & The Police- As Performe By*
  • Whispertown -Parallel
  • White Hills -Frying On This Rock
  • Winston, George -Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 - ALou*
  • Yukon Blonde -Tiger Talk